Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has proved this week that he has the tenacity and strong willed nature to be successful as the Lakers coach.
It has been a desperate time for the Lakers so far this season, having previously lost nine of their first ten games. But on Tuesday night, Lakers fans saw a glimmer of light as LA won their second game of the 2014/15 NBA season.
The 114-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks was an excellent response to four consecutive defeats, with the Lakers defense proving stout in key moments.
Threats are working
Asked post-game by LakersNation reporter Serena Winters why the Lakers defense had been so impressive, Scott offered a frank and honest answer for why he thinks his players have responded.
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Promising signs for Lakers fan
These comments by Byron Scott are proof that he is well and truly up to the test when it comes to coaching the Lakers. Some may say that he lacks in certain areas, but these comments prove that he is strong enough to coach the Lakers through all of the hard times that they are about to endure during this season.
The harsh reality is that the Lakers just simply don't have enough quality to challenge for a playoff spot, but they aren't about to tank either. This is why progress is the most important thing for the Lakers and Scott this season, and defense is the area where you can make a difference the most.
Hard work and teamwork are the most important attributes defensively, and that's why Scott's desire to keep players on their toes and threatening them with benching if they don't perform defensively shows promise for the Lakers this season, and for Scott as a coach going forward.